Getting Around Lawton

Lawton, Oklahoma, located southwest of Oklahoma City, features several major thoroughfares entering and exiting the city. Chief among the major arteries is I-44, which runs north and south through the heart of the city. Interstate 44 provides easy access to other nearby major metropolitan cities in the region, such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Major U.S. highways, including US-62, US-281 and US-227 also serve as a convenient travel route for accessing the smaller towns surrounding Lawton.

Lawton also boasts an adequate public transportation system (LATS), which serves all major areas of the city, with five routes running from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays. In addition to fixed routes, the Lawton Area Transit system also offers paratransit services designed to help disabled passengers navigate the city. Personal fee-based charters for larger groups are available, as well.

As with larger cities, Lawton, Oklahoma offers several taxi, limo, and vehicle rental services within the city limits. Lawton is also served by major interstate busing companies that regularly pick-up and drop-off travelers from all corners of the United States. Most major car rental agencies within Lawton are national and international chain companies.

The Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport accommodates local commercial flights to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, making out-of-state or international travel by air a convenient option for many businesspersons and regular commuters visiting the area. As of 2012, Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport only houses two major airlines for commercial travel. The airport also serves military aircraft and personnel stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, in addition to nearby Fort Sill, located north of the city, along the I-44 corridor.

Lawton does not feature any commuter train routes within the city limits. However, three cities within the Oklahoma City metropolitan area (Norman, Guthrie and Purcell) do offer rail travel, courtesy of Amtrak.

Several well-defined bicycle paths are available to riders traveling within the city, with plans to expand the path system and provide safe crossing over Route 44, include parking areas for bicycles and widening existing multi-use paths for easier, safer travel.

The Lawton area has several ponds, lakes and creeks, but no travel or waterway commuting options exist, as there are not any navigable tributaries within the county or city.